Songwriter Says Usher Stole Hit Single ‘Burn’

A songwriter is suing Usher, claiming the R&B superstar stole his song and used it as a springboard for the hit single “Burn.”

Filed in a California court, the suit was pushed forward by a federal judge, who says there was sufficient evidence because Usher and his associates had access to songwriter Slaughter’s song “Reasons” and could have possibly used it to produce “Burn.”

According to, the judge denied the dismissal of the case based on summary judgment, because a musicologist found that there is a substantial similarity between the two tracks.

Usher’s attorney has filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court Judge to reconsider the decision to throw out the case.

“Burn,” produced by Jermaine Dupri, was released on Usher’s diamond selling album ‘Confessions’ in 2004.

Take a listen to both songs below and let us know what you think!

Usher – “Burn”

Slaughter’s “Reasons”


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